Let’s face it, our dogs are not “just dogs” they are our Family and they play an important role in deciding what house we buy. There are many things that you are thinking about when looking at homes and your Dog’s life should be a part of that decision. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a home. If you want a weekly list of “Trudy’s Favorite Homes” please email me at Realtor@abbeyparsons.com and I will send you a weekly email with her favorite listings for dogs.
- Neighborhood and proximity to parks and groomers. The area that you choose is important because some neighborhoods are a lot more dog friendly than others. For example in Spokane some of our streets do not have sidewalks. If you are someone that walks you dog often this may be something you want to think about because you will be walking your dog on the street. If you dog is a breed that has to be groomed regularly it is important and will be very convenient if you have a groomer close to your house. OR there are several groomers who will now come to your house, which is even more convenient!
- Accessibility to the yard. Some homes have the kitchen and living space on the second floor (Split levels) and that is where you are going to spend most of your time. If there is a deck off the dining room area that is great, but sometimes there are not stairs down from the deck to the backyard. This would be a huge inconvenience to have to walk down stairs to let your dog out every time that they wanted to go out. So just make sure if there are no stairs from the deck that there is room to add them, which is not a huge costs.
- Flooring. Gleaming hard wood floors are beautiful, BUT they are not great if you have a larger dog. When you call your dog and they come running toward you and then have to stop, they will leave scratches in the floor and over time you will just have to keep refinishing the floors. There are several products now that will no scratch such has Luxury vinyl tile, laminates and other composite flooring. This is just something to consider, I don’t think that it should be a HUGE factor, just something to think about!
- HOA’s. Make sure you check if the house is in an HOA because some of them will have rules and regulations for pets and you would not want to purchase a house and come to find out that they do not allow large dogs, there would be no way to get out of the contract for that specific reason.
I hope you have founds some useful tips! If you have any questions for Trudy feel free to comment below! Good luck on your home search!